from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
With the Arizona Coyotes in town it seemed like a good time to revisit The Trade.
OK, maybe it doesn’t necessarily deserve capital letters. But it was a noteworthy deal, indeed.
On the evening of the NHL Entry Draft in 2016, the Wings were able to unload the last year of Pavel Datsyuk’s contract after he had retired, eliminating the salary cap charge, to the Arizona Coyotes.
The Wings sent the final year of Datsyuk’s contract and their first-round pick (No. 16 overall) to the Coyotes for Arizona’s first-round pick (No. 20) and second-round pick (No. 53), along with forward Joe Vitale (who never dressed for the Wings).
The Wings drafted defneseman Dennis Cholowski with their first-round pick, and defenseman Filip Hronek with the second-round pick.
Arizona chose defenseman Jakob Chychrun at No. 16 overall.
For many hockey fans in Detroit, the trade will always be monitored because Chychrun was a highly-regarded prospect that fell in the draft that evening.
added 3:49pm, Below, watch Mantha, Abdelkader, Frk and Blashill before the puck drops tonight.